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You Are Invited to Our Open Houses, Sunday, November 11 from 2-4!

by Melissa Thompson
 
 
1594 LINDEN AVE, Memphis, TN | $274900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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1513 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $719900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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1512 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $729900
 
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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Tips for Buying a Home FAST!

by Melissa Thompson

If you are in the market to purchase a home right now, I am sure you would like to be moved in and settled by the time the holidays arrive.  Does that sound too good to be true?  Well, no promises, but there are steps you can take to buy a home fast.

Whether you are buying a house for the first time, or you have navigated the home buying process before, chances are you know that it can be lengthy and complicated.  But there are certain strategies you can use that will speed things up. Here are some tips to help you get started:

           - Chose the right type of house.  There are certain types of homes you will want to avoid if you’re in a hurry.  Co-ops, for example, can be problematic because it can take six to eight weeks to get a board interview scheduled, finalized and approved.  You should also avoid bank-owned homes or foreclosures, which generally take much longer to close.  The fastest way to go is to focus on condos or new developments. Closings for condos and new developments can take as few as three to four weeks to happen.

           - Get pre-approved for a mortgage.  This is a strategic move that will give you a head start so that when you do find a house you want to purchase; you will already be approved for a mortgage loan and can make an offer right away.  This will also help you to stay within your budget when looking at homes because you won’t want to waste time looking at properties that cost more than what you are pre-approved for. 5 Things You Need to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

           - Have your documents in order and ready to go.  Get all the paper work that you will need organized so that it is ready and waiting when you find the right home.  Generally, a home buyer will need the following: federal tax returns for the past two years, supporting information such as W-2, 1099, or other tax forms for the past two years, two months’ worth of bank statements for your checking, savings, 401K, retirement and other accounts, and pay stubs from the past month. Closing Day: What a Buyer Needs to Do and Bring

           - Find the right Realtor to guide you through the process.  You will want an experienced, professional Realtor who knows the area well and can use their expertise to get you into a home quickly.

           - Offer to shorten contingency deadlines.  Don’t risk waiving home inspection or financing contingencies, but consider a shorter time frame to effect a faster closing.

           - Be prepared for your move.  Don’t wait until you have closed on your new home to start packing and preparing for your move.  Start early so that as soon as you close, you are ready to go!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

Open House in Collierville TN - The Stables Subdivision!

by Melissa Thompson
 
 
1513 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $719900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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1512 PAINTED HORSE PASS, Collierville, TN | $729900
 
Open House:
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
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Crye-Leike Realtors
901-729-9526
Licensed In: TN
License #: 231600
Contact Me
         
 
 

101 Things To Do In Memphis #41: 21st Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Indie Memphis Film Festival returns on November 1st for five days of films, music, and good times.

Experience a broad range of independent films from both local and global filmmakers screening in four different Midtown venues over the weekend: Studio on the Square, Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre, and TheatreWorks. There are also opening and closing night festivities at the Halloran Centre downtown, and special events planned for Circuit Playhouse.   

The schedule is packed with short films, documentaries, music videos, animated films, feature-length films, and several panel discussions and workshops.

Some special attractions include the centerpiece film, If Beale Street Could Talk, the keynote address by Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You), the world premiere of the Negro Terror documentary with live scoring by the band, Hometowner blocks, and late night screenings with the After Dark Shorts program.

Indie Memphis is also known to throw a good party. Over the weekend, they’re hosting a block party on Cooper Street between Monroe and Union. You don’t have to have a festival ticket to go to the block party — it’s open to everyone! Stroll right up, order a drink from the cash bar provided by Tapbox, Crosstown Brewing Co. and Old Dominick, and enjoy the Unapologetic showcase Friday night, and the African Dance Jams dance party Saturday night with DJs Colin Butler and Eric Hermeyer.

By and photo credit: Choose901.com

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Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

by Melissa Thompson

When caught up in the fun and excitement of Halloween festivities, it’s easy to overlook safety issues. There may be ghosts, vampires and witches on every corner, but what is truly frightening is the number of preventable accidents that occur each year on this night. You will enjoy this spooky holiday more if you know your children are safe. Here are 5 safety tips for Halloween:

  1. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should not cross streets alone before they are ten years old. Maturity, danger awareness and traffic savvy are all required for navigating street crossings and research cautions that even some ten-year-olds might not be ready for that.  In a Wall Street Journal article, author Andrea Peterson stated, “Research has found that young children walking to school often don’t look for traffic to stop at the curb before stepping into the street.”  And the AAP's Policy Statement on this topic is that parents “are likely to overestimate their children’s ability to safely cross the street.”  So, if your little princess or super hero is under ten, make sure there is a trusted adult with them to guide them across streets.  Teach them that looking left, then right, then left again is the best way to be sure no cars are coming.  Remind them to listen for traffic as well. If your children are trick or treating in a city with busy streets, always use designated cross walks for crossing.
     
  2. Avoid visual impairments, like masks.  Face paints are a great alternative for masks for trick or treaters.  Incorporate bright colors into the face paint to make your child more visible in the dark. It’s also a good idea to add some reflector tape to dark costumes so that your child can be seen in the dark.
     
  3. When trick or treating in an area that does not have sidewalks and you must walk on roads, be sure to walk FACING oncoming traffic.  This makes it easier for you to spot cars coming and for drivers to spot you.  It’s a good idea to carry a flashlight and point it forward and down. It will not only give you more visibility, it will make you more visible.
     
  4. Nothing says Halloween like a candlelit jack o’ lantern, but unfortunately, it’s also a fire hazard. Long capes and costumes with trailing material on crowded doorsteps are disaster waiting to happen when exposed to an open flame.  Be sure to purchase flame-retardant apparel for your little ones.  And to be extra safe, go over the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" procedure with them.
     
  5. Set some rules for candy consumption.  Don’t allow your child to eat while out trick or treating.  It’s too hard to inspect candy properly in the dark and you want to be sure packaging isn’t punctured or previously opened.  Don’t let them eat anything homemade unless it’s from a friend or neighbor that you know. Wait until you child is home and you can inspect their loot in a well-lit room and set guidelines for how much they may eat and when. Last thing you want is a tummy ache at the end of a spooktacular night…especially if it’s a school night!

Follow these tips and use common sense and Halloween night will be festive but not frightening!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #40: Lucky Cat Ramen

by Melissa Thompson

Zach and Sarah Nicholson’s popular ramen food truck has gone brick-and mortar. And later this year, Lucky Cat Ramen — which has been operating out of a temporary space in Midtown — is opening a permanent home on Broad Avenue for its ramen-heavy eatery that features bowls like the shoyu with pork bone broth and the yuzu veggie with a lemongrass-ginger vegetable broth. An ever-changing menu board lists the day’s offerings, which usually include a veggie bowl as well as pork and chicken offerings. The permanent location will serve alcohol as well as non-ramen selections like yakitori, tempura, and raw dishes.

247 Cooper Street, Memphis

slurp@luckycatramen.com
901.633.0300

Wednesday through Sunday: 5pm to 9pm

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Completely Renovated Home in Colonial Acres! 4680 Crossover Ln

by Melissa Thompson

4680 CROSSOVER LN, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10038930 to view more pictures of this property. Stop DREAMING...Make This Incredible Complete Renovated 3BR Home in the Colonial Acres Subdivision in East Memphis YOURS! From the Gleaming Hardwood Floors to the Backyard Oasis You Will Be Impressed. Designer Fixtures, Recessed Lighting, Smooth Ceilings, Durable Tile Floors, Remodeled Kitchen w/Granite & New Large Cabinets, Lovely Dining Room, Spacious Living Room w/Custom Mantle Framed by Built-In Cabinets, Huge Great Room, Laundry Room w/Cabinets, Storage Building, Delightful Fenced Backyard!

 

 

Let’s Go for a Bike Ride in Memphis!

by Melissa Thompson

There was once a time when Memphis was not a great place to ride a bike.  But that has been changing.  Over the past several years more and more bike lanes have appeared in this great city make it one of the best bike cities in America!  Now, it’s common to see cyclists commuting or riding for pleasure, especially in midtown and downtown Memphis.  If you enjoy bike riding and want to be part of the vibrant Memphis bike culture, check out these top six places to ride your bike in Memphis:

  1. Shelby Farms Park - The Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65 mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis.  This “rails-to-trails” project transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee’s best trails.  You don’t even have to own a bike to enjoy a ride here because they offer bike rentals right on site. This trail is so bike friendly that they even proved four bike repair stations just in case you have any problems along the way!
  2. Wolf River Conservancy -  Enjoy a pleasant after-work bike ride in this natural area which preserves some of the mid-south’s most beautiful habitat.  Relish the stunning views as you ride along the spring-fed Wolf River
  3. Overton Park Conservancy - This 342-acre public park includes what is referred to as “a love letter to the Memphis cycling community” - the Bike Gate arch and plaza which provide a valuable connection that links a network of trails and bike lanes stretching from Downtown Shelby Farms Park.  With benches, fountains, and directional signage, the plaza is a great place to stop on the citywide trail system.  In addition, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation funded the construction of a new bike path that connects the plaza to the Old Forest trail system, which means cyclists can connect to park trails with having to jump curbs or ride through grass.
  4. Stanky Creek Trail - A 9-mile loop trail located in Nesbit Park, you will savor views of lovely wild flowers as you ride.  The trail also offers a lot of other activity options such as hiking and trail running and it is dog-friendly too!
  5. Big River Crossing - Nearly a mile long, Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge.  A 10-mile, multi-modal corridor, it connects Main Street to Main Street and features the Big River Trail System.  This ties together attractions throughout Memphis, West Memphis, and delta region.
  6. The Mississippi River Trail - Great for longer rides, this trail will take you on a 32-mile segment that passes through Shelby County, including the Meeman-Shelby Forest and Downtown Memphis. You can get bike trail maps and bicycling guide here.

With plenty of bike shops and bike rentals, Memphis truly is one of the most cyclist friendly cities in America.  So, get outside and enjoy all that this amazing city has to offer while getting exercise too!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #39: RiverArts Fest

by Melissa Thompson

RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! More than 180 artists from around the country and right here at home gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South. 

October 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Location! Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Union

In 2016, RiverArtsFest was named one of The Best Festivals & Fairs in Tennessee by Travel Magazine.

ADMISSION & WRISTBANDS
$5 admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. There are north and south entrances. Credit cards are accepted at all entrances, and an ATM will be stationed within the festival grounds. 

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY EVENING! In celebration of Mighty Lights, the festival will be running extended hours Saturday night with free admission beginning at 5PM. The artists market will close at 8:30P and the festival at 9P. Please visit the Mighty Lights website for more details.

ADMISSION RULES & POLICIES

  • NO PETS
  • NO COOLERS
  • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
  • NO SKATES/SKATEBOARDS
  • NO SCOOTERS
  • NO BIKES

PARKING
Downtown Memphis offers plenty of parking within walking distance of the festival. For a full listing of garages, check out this handy map provided by the Downtown Memphis Commission.

ARTISTS MARKET
Nearly 200 fine artists from across the nation will line Riverside Drive selling original work. A complete list of artists can be found here. 

MUSIC
See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing each day. The festival grounds will also feature strolling musicians and performing artists.

ACTIVITIES
Our Hands On Art stations will be open Saturday and Sunday for children of all ages to tap into their inner artists by participating in our special art project. Sponsored by the Art Center, activities are creative, simple and make a great keepsake. 

ART DEMONSTRATIONS
Check out the artists lineup and schedule for our Artists At Work area, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft and skills. 

By and photo credit: https://riverartsmemphis.org

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Amazing All on One Level Home in Cordova Club! 7552 Wintergreen Lane

by Melissa Thompson

7552 WINTERGREEN LN, Cordova, TN

For Sale

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10038483 to view more pictures of this property. Make this Amazing 1 Story, 3 Bedroom Home YOURS! Situated in the Prestigious Cordova Club Neighborhood on a Quiet Street with a Lake View! Featuring Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Eat-In Kitchen with Walk-In Pantry, Neutral Colors Throughout, Gracious Entry, Lovely Formal Dining Room, Large Light Filled Living Room, Spacious Great Room with a Romantic Fireplace & Built-In Bookshelves, Den or Office, Delightful Multi-Level Wooden Deck, Large Open Space Beyond the Backyard, 2 Car Garage & More!

 

 

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